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University Studies

University Studies includes interdisciplinary and Competence Program courses that fall outside the major departments. A major is not offered in University Studies.


Courses in Extended Studies

UNIV 183

Off-Campus Extended Studies Course

Faculty-led domestic and international study and service courses that provide students opportunities to explore and experience other cultures, learn in new environments, develop skills not readily acquired elsewhere, and deepen their understanding of the global community. Curricular offerings earn .5 course credit and count toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement; co-curricular offerings do not carry academic credit but do count toward the Extended Studies requirement.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
variable

UNIV 184

On-Campus Extended Studies Course

An on-campus course offered during the Winter or May term. May be offered for .5 course credits or as a co-curricular (0 credit). Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Variable

UNIV 185

Independent Project

D. Domestic Off-Campus, I. International Off-Campus, N. On-Campus. Student-designed individual or group projects. Students initiate a project by submitting a proposal endorsed by a faculty member who has expertise in the area of the research or creative work and who is available to provide guidance on the project. Proposals are reviewed by the Committee on Experiential Learning and may also require approval by the Institutional Review Board for projects that involve human subjects or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for projects involving research on animals. (0 course credits. Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.)

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
0 course credits

UNIV 186

Faculty-Led Project

D. Domestic Off-Campus, I. International Off-Campus, N. On-Campus. Faculty-designed projects that involve students working as collaborators. Results are often presented at research poster sessions, academic conferences, performances or shows. (0 course credit. Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement)

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
0 course credits

UNIV 187

Short-Term Internship

D. Domestic Off-Campus, I. International Off-Campus, N. On-Campus. A full-time, short-term internship. In consultation with staff members at the Hubbard Center, students initiate contact with prospective hosts and develop materials for applying for and carrying out an internship, including resume, cover letter, and learning contract. (0 course credit. Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement)

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
0 course credits

Courses in University Studies

UNIV 135

Academic Excellence Seminar

This course is designed to support students in their development as learners through readings, reflective writing, and class discussion. Topics covered include active reading, taking good notes, preparing for exams, and time management. Students will be encouraged to explore their strengths as scholars, to address their weaknesses and to become more engaged in the learning process.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

UNIV 315

Subject Tutor Training

UNIV 315 Subject Tutor Training provides training for students who serve as department tutors. Topics include: establishing a productive tutoring climate; helping without doing the client's work; conducting a tutoring session strategically; working with International Students and English Language Learners; and being aware of different styles of learning. Faculty members from the sponsoring department will augment instruction with appropriate curricular material. Each student will work with a faculty member from the sponsoring department and the instructor of the tutor training course to develop a learning contract that outlines the tutors responsibilities and learning goals. The contract must be approved by the chair of the sponsoring department.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

UNIV 320

Tutor Fellow

May be repeated for up to 0.5 credit. To be enrolled in this course, students must have successfully completed UNIV 300, 301 or 310 (the S, W and Q training courses) or 315 (approved in November). Students are expected to tutor for 3-5 hours per week. In order to take this class students must be sponsored and evaluated by a faculty member in the content area in which they will tutor. They will also set up learning contract with the faculty sponsor that might include such appropriate tasks as writing a paper/keeping a journal of their tutoring work or research projects that they will submit to the faculty member sponsoring them. Students who repeat the course for credit must create a new learning contract each semester.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
.25 course

Courses in the Competence Program

UNIV 101

Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning

This course is designed to develop students' ability to reason with quantities through solving problems in arithmetic, algebra, probability, statistics, logic and geometry. Students explore attitudes about and approaches to quantitative work, and learn effective study techniques. The course helps prepare students for the Q course requirement. May not be counted toward a major in Mathematics. May not be taken Pass/Fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

UNIV 300

Practicum for Oral Communication Consultants

The study of advanced communication skills, especially those used in coaching, counseling and appraising communications, such as reports, class discussions, interviews, oral readings, etc. Role plays in class and directed practice with clients in the Speaking and Listening Center use principles studied. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May not be taken pass/fail.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1/2 course

UNIV 301

Practicum for Writing Consultants

Development of advanced composition skills through readings on composition theory and peer evaluation of writing. Experience in tutoring under direct supervision. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1/2 course

UNIV 310

Practicum for Quantitative Reasoning Consultants

Development of tutoring and problem-solving skills through readings, solving problems and discussion. Experience in tutoring under direct supervision. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Permission of instructor 1/2 course

Courses in University Studies

UNIV 170

Environmental Science Seminar

In this discussion-based course, students learn the interdisciplinary science behind environmental problems by reading current and classic papers from a variety of scientific journals. The specific topic or topics are chosen by the class during the first session and then are explored over the course of the semester. Scientific writing and speaking skills are developed throughout the semester.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

UNIV 190

Topics

An introductory, interdisciplinary study of a specific problem or series of ideas in the liberal arts. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

UNIV 191

Campus Topics

Campus Topics is a colloquium devoted to a major campus event. Participants meet approximately seven times through the semester to discuss materials related to the event and they complete a project, which may involve preparing the campus for the event, participating in it, or reflecting on its impact.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/4 course

UNIV 197

First-Year Seminar

This course explores an interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary topic, with an emphasis on reading, class discussion and writing. Topics vary. Open to first-year students only.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

UNIV 275

Introduction to Public Health

An examination of the principles and practice of public and global health. While the course introduces a range of health issues, assigned readings and student projects focus on a cluster of specific topics. These topics may include, among others: health-related ethical issues; the global burden of disease; acute and chronic diseases; epidemiology; social and cultural determinants of health; population-based health; health and the environment; sexually transmitted diseases; and the U.S. healthcare system.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

UNIV 290

Topics

An exploration of particular topics or issues within the liberal arts from a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary perspective. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

UNIV 297

Summer Internship

This non-credit summer internship is for students participating in an on-campus summer research internship or an individually arranged external internship that is connected to the student's academic program. An internship must involve a minimum of 200 hours at the internship site and must be clearly related to the student's academic program. Enrollment requires approval of a learning contract by a faculty sponsor in the student's academic program and the internship director. The academic component of the internship is detailed in the learning contract, and may include readings, on-site journals or reflections, and a final internship report. Internship categories: A. Health Science; B. Legal/Political; C. Museum/Public History; D. Music Business; E. Business; F. Computer Science/Technology; G. Science Research; H. Education; I. Pastoral; J. Mental Health; K. Mass Media; M. Coaching; N. Sports Science; P. Non-Profit; Q. Arts.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
0 credit

UNIV 298

Internship Readings

This one-credit reading course is designed for students with an approved independently designed internship. It must be taken concurrently with the two-credit Independently Designed Internship course (UNIV 299).

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

UNIV 299

Independently Designed Internship

This course is designed for students with an approved independently designed internship. Students who enroll for this course must also enroll for UNIV 298: Independent Study for Independently Designed Internships.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
2 courses

UNIV 350

Independent Study

Independent work in the liberal arts with attention to interdisciplinary perspectives.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

UNIV 390

Topics

An exploration of particular topics or issues within the liberal arts from a disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2-1 course

UNIV EXP

Applied Civic Learning

The objective of this course is to study the civic and social rural challenges by actively engaging in applied learning experiences. The course allows the student to learn through observation, immersion, discussion, and studying theory and civic engagement. By working in a divergent community beyond the walls of DePauw classrooms, students have the chance to develop their interpersonal skills and understanding of offices in a small, rural community.

The majority of time spent on this course will be at the host site. Students will work on projects that provide professional experiences with their specific organization. Through their applied learning experiences they will strengthen project management, data analysis, and team leadership development skills. Focus is placed on developing a more professional student who has the tools necessary to succeed in post-graduation opportunities. Weekly class discussions will focus on integrating the classroom content with the students' unique applied learning experiences for the purposes of deepening understanding of local challenges and even proposing solutions. Their collaboration with partners in Putnam County will foster connections with Greencastle residents.

Application

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course